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Ben Cunningham thinks Tennessee politicians are forgetting to thank someone in all their self-congratulatory fervor over Volkswagen decision to build their new plant in Tennessee:
Truth is, the only thing the pols did was to take a very large wad of taxpayer cash and throw it at Volkswagen. Meanwhile thousands of small Tennessee businesses receive absolutely NOTHING for creating most of the new jobs....no taxpayer money, no pat on the back....nada, zip, zero. I certainly hope they will have just one taxpayer on the podium to accept the thanks that BOTH the pols and Volkswagen should extend.
Jul 16, 2008 8:16 AM
Sean Braisted shares an opinion on U.S. Senate candidate Bob Tuke's born again protectionist rhetoric:
Pretty soon, American politicians are going to run out of future trade deals to oppose, because ever year they say they are going to, and every congress the number of new nations of which to trade freely with diminishes.
Jul 16, 2008 8:11 AM
Tim Chavez has called Amnesty International to look into human rights abuses right here in Nashville:
I have notified Amnesty International of the violation of human rights here of Juana Villegas DeLaPaz. I have requested -- with accompanying evidence -- that Nashville be designated as under "human rights watch" and that all visitors foreign and domestic be advised of the danger in visiting Music City. Most certainly until local leaders speak up in condemnation of this gross human rights violation and call for an end to the 287g deportation program, all conventions should also avoid this city. I am preparing to put that word out in a column that will appear this week in a Boston, MA., newspaper. From there, I will take the warning to Chicago for a major gathering of minority journalists and big news organizations from across the country. The story of Juana Villegas DeLaPaz will be heard.
Jul 16, 2008 8:08 AM
Memphis wants to know how it got placed on the pay no mind list when it comes to auto plant in Tennessee:
So here's the big question: What will it take for West Tennessee to land an auto plant of its own? Middle Tennessee already has two plants, one in Smyrna and another in Spring Hill. With Tuesday's announcement, East Tennessee will have its own plant soon. Mississippi also has one plant in Canton and another under construction near Tupelo. It's time for West Tennessee to begin preparing itself competitively for the next occasion when a major automaker is searching for a new site. Land availability isn't really a problem. There are already two so-called "megasites" certified by the Tennessee Valley Authority that are within short driving distances of Memphis.
Jul 16, 2008 7:58 AM
From Rassmussen Reports:
Americans are cutting their spending and savings habits, but they are not yet resorting to additional debt to get through tough financial times. The new COUNTRY Financial survey shows most people are stopping short of tapping into credit and existing savings to make ends meet, despite the fact that nearly three in four Americans (73 percent) think their financial security will not improve this year. "Many people are struggling with rising prices," says Keith Brannan, vice president of financial security planning at COUNTRY. "The good news is that while we are changing our habits, the majority haven't yet crossed the line into high interest credit card debt and their savings accounts."
Jul 16, 2008 7:49 AM
Truman Bean weighs in on the fact that Rep. Charles Sargent has his first challenger after 11 years of service:
Rep. Charles Sargent has needed a healthy Republican primary contest to MAKE him a more ACTIVELY conservative player on Capitol Hill, but I don't believe Reguli fits that bill.
Jul 16, 2008 7:43 AM
Amy Griffith reports that at a community meeting led by Councilman and Reverend Jerry Maynard an appeal was made for Mayor Karl Dean to join the fight against school rezoning. Only one problem, he appears, more or less, to be for it:
School board member George Thompson, at the meeting, publicly called for Mayor Karl Dean to step in and “help avoid being the mayor who helped resegregate Nashville.” With a divided community and splintering of community organizations, Thompson said, Dean should take a stand. Thompson cited Dean’s request, earlier this year, to play a role in selection of a new director of schools. With the board having been advised by the state Department of Education to focus on rezoning and the hiring of a director, Thompson stated that Dean should be playing a role in rezoning as well. “Come help us,” Thompson said. In response to a recounting of Thompson’s remarks, Dean e-mailed a statement Tuesday afternoon through spokesperson Janel Lacy. As he has previously stated, Dean said he believes that everyone involved in the process has had “honorable intentions.” “I know the task force worked very hard on the plan,” Dean said in the statement. “Our goal as a city should be to move forward on every aspect of improving our schools. If people feel their voices aren’t being heard that causes me concern. It’s my understanding there is agreement on the majority of the rezoning plan. People should be able to come together and calmly work through the few areas of concern.”SEE ALSO: Enclave Mike's two cents Dean supports plan -- with caveats. WPLN
Jul 16, 2008 7:40 AM